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Application Instructions

Students typically enter the science and technology journalism program in the fall, but applicants may be considered for spring or summer entry under special circumstances. To allow sufficient time for paperwork, candidates for fall entry should apply by February 1, if possible. Applications from US candidates can, however, be submitted until June 1; international candidates should apply by March 1. The earlier one sends the application, the higher one's chances of receiving an assistantship or other financial assistance.

What is needed to apply for the STJR program?

  • Texas Common Application

    Apply online at For college within Texas A&M University, major, and degree, choose Veterinary Medicine (VM), Science and Technology Journalism (STJR), and Master of Science (MS).

  • GRE scores
  • Three completed recommendations

    During the online application process, you will be asked for the names and email addresses of three recommenders. These individuals will then be emailed instructions for providing their recommendations.

  • Statement of purpose essay

    Given the nature of the STJR program, we look at both the content of the statement and the quality of the writing. Questions that the statement typically should address include the following: How did you become interested in science and technology journalism? What background do you bring to the field? Why does our program interest you? What might you envision doing during your career?

    The writing should be clear, concise, well organized, and mechanically correct. It need not be fancy.

  • Other documents:

    You should also provide a CV (or resume) and samples of your writing, published or otherwise. These items should be emailed to Dr. Barbara Gastel (click here to send an e-mail).

Please refer to the Texas A&M University graduate catalog, which can be accessed at TAMU Course Catalog, and to the information posted on the Texas A&M graduate admissions website for more information. For additional information about the program and the application process, and for answers to any questions, please contact Dr. Barbara Gastel at 1-979-845-6887 or click here to send an e-mail.